NJ Senators Demand Help for Thousands Living in Failing Housing
On October 17, 2017, NJ Advance Media reported “Thousands of N.J. residents live in these 23 failing housing complexes.”
The news is alarming. “Across New Jersey, thousands of low-income and elderly residents are living in subsidized housing, many on rent subsidies that come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development funding is working to prevent and end homelessness in New Jersey.
“Last year, HUD paid more than $1.5 billion in housing subsidies for New Jersey residents living in more than 500 properties – the majority of assistance coming through Section 8 housing vouchers. However, HUD data shows thousands of people are living in properties that have failed federal inspections. Any score below 60 out of 100 results in a failed inspection.
An analysis of HUD data found that at least 23 New Jersey properties failed their last inspection. Those properties comprise more than 2,400 units. Buildings can fail a HUD inspection for a number of reasons, including the presence of vermin or mold, or for broken appliances and other disrepair.”
NJ Advance Media also reports that with an immediate response “N.J. senators demand help for thousands living in failing housing.”
“Two New Jersey senators are urging lawmakers to move quickly to pass legislation that would help tenants, following an NJ Advance Media report found that thousands of people in the state live in at least 23 failing subsidized housing complexes.”
“Senators Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth and Ronald Rice, D-Essex, are calling for help to “address this crisis,” according to a statement from the legislators. The pair previously introduced legislation aimed at protecting renters after an Asbury Park Press investigation into New Jersey rental housing that was published earlier this year.”
“From the top of the state to the bottom, innocent people are suffering while their landlords collect a paycheck from the government,” Rice said in the statement. “It’s outrageous.
HUD’s regional leadership weighed in on this news “Lynne Patton, HUD’s regional administrator overseeing New York and New Jersey, acknowledged that withholding subsidies was often a last resort, but added that the department could start doing it more often.
“There’s no reason these properties should be operating like they are given the amount of money we give them,” Patton said about properties that fail inspections.